The Greeting We Love Best

Once again we celebrate the Christmas time

Author: Edith Sanford Tillotson
Tune: [Once again we celebrate the Christmas time]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Once again we celebrate the Christmas time,
Once again we listen to the bells’ glad chime,
Once again we bring to you in song and rhyme,
The greeting we love the best.

Refrain:
We wish you one and all,
“A merry, merry Christmas time,”
The greeting glad and blest,
More dear than all the rest,
We wish you great and small,
“A merry, merry Christmas time,”
The greeting we love the best.

2 How we love the tidings that those words convey,
All the world seems ringing with the message gay,
How we love to hear it on this happy day,
The greeting we love the best. [Refrain]

3 All the joy of Christmastide it brings to you,
All the dear old meanings that are tried and true,
Joined with hearty welcome that is fresh and new,
The greeting we love the best. [Refrain]

Source: The Excelsior Hymnal #220

Author: Edith Sanford Tillotson

Edith Sanford Tillotson was born and lived her entire life in Corona, New York. She wrote hymns for children as well as poems and librettos. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Once again we celebrate the Christmas time
Title: The Greeting We Love Best
Author: Edith Sanford Tillotson
Language: English
Refrain First Line: We wish you one and all

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The Excelsior Hymnal #220

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